Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:
Samantha Tanner, Center Manager
Samantha is a Jacksonville native and has been with Mathnasium for over 9 years. She competed in varsity athletics as well as choir competitions, so she understands the balance between extra curricular activities and education. She graduated from Florida State University with two majors in Consumer Sciences and Family-Child Sciences with a specialization in adolescent studies. Her passion for math started at a very young age when she practiced cryptology problems with her father and grandfather. Her mom constantly encouraged her to pursue a career in math. Mathnasium has allowed her to combine two of her passions, math and serving others in our community. In addition, she also helps support training of instructors across other centers. When she's not in the center, she is usually serving at church, training for endurance events and practicing kickboxing.
Exel Rivera, Area Manager
Exel joined the Mathnasium team in early 2018. He brings with himself 18 years of experience in sales and customer service. Most recently, he held a District Manager position for a Fortune 500 company. In this role, he spent 4 years leading teams to deliver world class service for one the of top retailers in the world. Exel is a firm believer that we can truly change lives through math. He is honored to be part of a team that supports our families and is passionate about helping our students master skills needed to be successful in life.
Jodi Joostberns, Director of Education
Jodi has a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Math from Hope College. She graduated with her secondary teaching certificate. She also has a Master’s degree in Math Education and a Specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership from Piedmont College. Jodi has been teaching for twenty years, and she has taught all levels from eigth grade math to IB math studies. Jodi is also a certified gifted instructor. Jodi loves to teach and tutor because she loves to see the sense of great achievement when a student grasps a difficult math concept! She also believes every student can succeed and excel with proper tools and support.
Lauren Love, Director of Training
Lauren graduated from the University of Central Florida with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused on Math Education and Psychology. She has mastered math skills in the areas of College Algebra, Calculus I through Calculus III, Differential Equations, and Statistics I and II. Lauren developed a passion for math education during her first two years of high school, and it continued throughout her college years. She believes that math is meant to be challenging and enjoyable, not frustrating and scary. Since starting at Mathnasium in 2011, Lauren has enjoyed the continued success of her students and inspiring them to love math.
Ed Farner, Chief Operating Officer
Ed has been a multi-unit leader for over fifteen years, and has had the pleasure of working with two Fortune 500 companies during his leadership career. His focus is to develop the best team to deliver the most incredible and memorable customer experience. “Love what you do, be the best at it, and success will follow.” Ed has always had a passion for coaching and teaching others. He has coached his son's and daughter’s little league baseball and softball teams, and has volunteered his time as a coach for the Catholic Youth League basketball, soccer, and football teams. His passion to lead and help others has transitioned Ed from District Manager to Chief Operating Officer. Ed is honored to lead all aspects of operations in order to change lives through math.
Mo Khalil, Executive Director
Mo graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2000. While at Marist, Mo was able to use his math talent to master advanced Calculus, Statistics and Probability courses. Mo has found his dream career with Mathnasium doing what he loves the most: teaching and math. Mo opened his first center in 2011, and his team operates multiple centers in various states. Mo and his team are the #1 Mathnasium Franchise team in the United States since 2014. Mo and his wife, Julie, are raising two young “mathletes.” Mo is proud to change children's attitudes towards math and develop “Number Sense.”
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